Objectives:

  • After completing this lesson, the student will understand the space environment and the different types of satellites operating in this environment.

  • Identify the various satellite types and functions

  • Define the component systems comprising a satellite

  • Identify the types of orbits

  • Describe space environment conditions affecting spacecraft operations including radiation, orbital debris, atmospheric drag, and electrostatic charging

  • Describe orbital mechanics terms and factors affecting space operations

  • Explain the impacts of launch criteria on satellite orbits